I am not sure if women experience midlife crisis but I know several men who have experienced or are still in middle of midlife crisis. I have a theory that every 20 years, men need a big change.
Usually, there is a big change in 20s, people are moving out of their parents’ homes, going to college or starting their careers.
And when people turn 60, they are getting ready to retire. Downsize their homes.
But at 40, there is no change. Usually, same career, if not same job. Kids and mortgage payments keep one from taking risks.
Perhaps that’s why we see so many men experience midlife crisis. Lucky ones just buy a sports car; unlucky one may divorce, lose their family or even worse.
I have started to think of 40 as being second life. I didn’t get to choose my first life. I didn’t had a lot of freedom or resources. Some choices were made for me and I made a lot of mistakes.
But now I can take my current hand, and play it wiser.